All FBISD elementary schools offer Elementary Music & Visual Arts programs for all levels to partake in on a rotating schedule, determined by each elementary school. Pre-Kindergarten is offered at specific campuses.
The primary focus of the Fort Bend ISD Elementary Music program is teaching children the arts through music. Student performances are an appropriate outcome of this training. Grade level programs demonstrate classroom learning.
Fort Bend ISD's Visual Art classes are designed to allow art students to develop an understanding and appreciation of artwork and artistic skills, using hands-on approaches to learning. Visual Art students develop creative and flexible forms of thinking, problem-solving skills, and critical-thinking skills that allow them to appreciate all forms of the Visual Arts.
Here is a selection of videos for some of our Middle School Fine Arts programs!
The secondary Fort Bend ISD Fine Arts Programs are designed to provide students the opportunity to develop their musical skills as an instrumentalist, while simultaneously teaching the attributes of FBISD's Profile of a Graduate. Middle school students are required to have at least 1.0 Fine Arts credit in order to graduate to high school. We offer the following programs:
The band program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop their musical skills as an instrumentalist. For all middle school Band courses, placement is by audition only. Students may be required to purchase or rent their own instruments, as well as purchase some instructional materials.
The choir program is designed to provide students opportunities to develop their skills and talents as a vocal musician. For all middle school Choir courses, placement is by audition only. The choir program at the middle school begins with group instruction in the sixth grade.
The secondary Orchestra program of Fort Bend ISD is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop their artistic skills through the medium of playing a stringed instrument. For all middle school Orchestra courses, placement is by audition only. Students may be required to purchase or rent the appropriate instrument, as well as purchase some instructional materials.
Students are introduced to a variety of speaking situations and a basic understanding of the theatre. Students learn theatre preparation techniques, discover ways to communicate nonverbally, and enhance control of their voice and body. Students study a range of theatrical content and have opportunities to perform in class and in stage productions.
This course is designed to enable students to develop their problem-solving and creative thinking skills while teaching them explore basic elements of art. Students may be required to purchase some materials (art kit or supply list). An art fee may be required in some instances. Sketchbooks are required.
We offer two special four year programs housed at Marshall High School. In order to register, please consult your middle school counselor.
In this innovative program of choice, students will develop the necessary skills to work as a professional piano tuner or piano technician upon graduation. The Piano Technician program is housed and taught at Marshall High School as a series of four one-year courses to any interested FBISD high school students. Transportation will be provided to/from Marshall High School before/after school. Students enrolled in the Piano Technician program will study the parts of the piano and their function, as well as how to tune, repair, move, and finish pianos.
This course allows students the opportunity to learn Mariachi technique, style, and interpretation primarily on the guitar, vihuela, and guitarrón. Students will perform traditional, progressive, and contemporary music. Students will attend ensemble rehearsals and performances outside of the school day. The Mariachi program is available at both Marshall High School and Willowridge High School.
High school students are required to have at least 1.0 Fine Arts credit in order to graduate. We offer the following programs:
These band courses are designed for the student who has developed some proficiency in performance skills. Tone production, technical facility, and musicianship are taught as each relates to performance. High School Bands are involved in numerous performances and competitions throughout the year. Every student is required to complete an audition with the Band Director prior to enrollment for the next school year.
The Color Guard is the visual unit of the Band program. Students participate with the Marching Band in numerous performances in the fall semester and perform independently in Winter Guard competitions from November through April. Placement in this course is by audition only. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the color guard program and level of study.
The focus of this course is the exploration of styles and rhythms utilized in American jazz through performance. Students must be concurrently enrolled in another regular Band class in order to qualify for participation in Jazz Ensemble (exception: piano, guitar, and bass). Placement in the course is by audition only.
The high school choirs challenge students with more varied and demanding choral literature requiring advanced vocal technique. For all high school Choir courses, placement is by audition only. In addition to a wide variety of local performance opportunities, the high school choirs may travel to an out of town performance festival, requiring an overnight stay.
Fort Bend ISD’s vibrant and active dance program offers young artists the opportunity to perform in both sports venues and competitive dance environments. Dance teams perform traditional genres at football games in the fall and explore a wide variety of dance genres in competitions in the spring. Students may be required to purchase some materials. Cost may vary depending on the level of study.
These Orchestra courses are designed for the student who has developed some proficiency in performance skills. Tone production, technical facility, and musicianship are taught as each relates to performance. High School Orchestras are involved in numerous performances and competitions throughout the year. Every student is required to complete an audition with the Orchestra Director prior to enrollment for the next school year. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the Orchestra program and level of study.
The course is intended to be a general introduction to the fundamentals of basic theatre production techniques. Students are introduced to acting, directing, makeup application, technical work, and costuming.
Students examine natural and man-made objects as well as explore the art elements of line, value, texture, color, form, and space. Artworks of master artists (traditional and contemporary) as well as fellow students are studied to allow students to grow in the appreciation of art and to develop evaluation skills.